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Man Convicted For Two Armed Robberies Is Sentenced To 10 Years

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Today, U.S. District Judge Frank D. Whitney sentenced Travon Roary, 37, of Charlotte, to 120 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for committing two armed robberies, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Robert M. DeWitt, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in North Carolina, and Chief Johnny Jennings, of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), join U.S. Attorney King in making today’s announcement.

According to court documents and court proceedings, on November 24, 2021, CMPD officers responded to a 911 call for an armed robbery at Bowl 77 Arcade located at 2301 Westinghouse Blvd. in Charlotte. The arcade employee told the officers that an individual later identified as Roary had pointed a firearm at her and proceeded to take cash from the store’s registers.

According to filed court documents and proceedings, a few days later, on November 28, 2021, CMPD officers responded to a 911 call for an armed robbery at Z’s Tobacco & Vape store located at 8424 Old Statesville Road in Charlotte. The store employee told officers that two men had walked into the store. One of them, later identified as Roary, asked the store clerk if he could buy a cigarette. Court records show that Roary then came behind the counter, pulled out a black handgun, and pointed it at the victim as the victim was trying to walk away. Roary told the victim not to run or Roary would shoot him. Roary forced the victim back to the cash register, where Roary and his armed co-conspirator took money and fled.

On December 8, 2022, Roary pleaded to two counts of robbery affecting interstate commerce, also referred to as Hobbs Act robbery. Roary has previous state convictions for conspiracy to commit armed robbery, second-degree kidnapping, second-degree burglary, and assault by strangulation.

Roary is currently in federal custody. He will be transferred to the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility.

U.S. Attorney King credited today’s sentence to the investigative efforts of the FBI and CMPD.  

Assistant United States Attorney David Kelly of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte prosecuted the case.

Updated March 28, 2023

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